The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2013

Fado: The soul of Portugal

Workshop with Rodrigo Costa Félix, Marta Pereira da Costa, and Pedro Pinhal

October 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., College of Visual and Performing Arts, Room 104 (Parking Lot 7), Umass Dartmouth

- Free and open to the UMD community as well as the public -

Fado: The soul of Portugal
Rodrigo Costa Félix, accompanied by Marta Pereira da
Costa and Pedro Pinha

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Department of Portuguese, and the Department of Music announce a workshop about the Fado presented by Portuguese fado singer Rodrigo Costa Félix, accompanied by Marta Pereira da Costa and Pedro Pinha. The event—free and open to the UMD community as well as the public—will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Room 104 (Parking Lot 7).

The entertaining and informative workshop will explore the fundamental elements of the fado: instrumentation; classic fado vs. song fado; the role of lyrics; dialogue between guitar and voice as well as stylization and improvisation. Today’s fado community in Lisbon will be discussed as well as the evolution of the fado in the last twenty years with a view towards the future and a consideration of the impact of the UNESCO designation of the fado as “World Immaterial and Cultural Patrimony.” Participants will walk away with an intimate and personal view on the fado.

Rodrigo Costa Félix is one of fado's brightest stars. His second CD, Fados de Amor (Fados of Love), was awarded “Best CD of the Year” by Portugal’s prestigious Amália Rodrigues Foundation. The Atlantic Monthly called his recent single “Amigo Aprendiz” one of the 12 best ballads of 2012. Although only in his 40s, Rodrigo's career spans more than 20 years of professional performance. “The fado has always been an art form that embraces the past and the present, the secular and the spiritual,” says Rodrigo, and his performances have gained him an enthusiastic following spanning multiple generations of fans.

Joining Rodrigo are the Portuguese musicians Marta Pereira da Costa, a virtuoso of the Portuguese guitar (an instrument overwhelming played professionally only by males), and Pedro Pinhal, a veteran of the classical guitar. Marta, a trained classical pianist, recently left her position as a professional civil engineer to pursue the fado full time. Pedro has accompanied and composed music for established and emerging fado singers. Both Pedro and Marta perform on Fados de Amor. This group has played in Lisbon’s most prestigious fado houses and has worked with some of the greatest names in the fado, including Mariza, João Braga and Celeste Rodrigues.

This workshop is part of a tour organized by Portuguese/American Cultural Exchange, a newly-formed, Massachusetts-based non-profit, with support from the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass/Lowell; Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P. / CEPE-EUA; and SATA Airlines. More information about the tour is available at www.pacefado.com.

For further information, please contact 508-999-8255 or e-mail melissa.costa@umassd.edu.

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